How My Community Showed Me I Could Be Both Muslim and Queer
“It was this Islam, the Islam of authenticity, community, justice, and love, that showed me how to be a truer version of myself.”
Naib Mian is a writer and journalist based in New York. He is currently a researcher at The New Yorker and has previously reported in San Francisco, Chicago, and Cape Town. In writing, he hopes to subvert traditional notions of identity through the lenses of geography, sexuality, and inequality and explore the ways in which we maneuver the boundaries they attempt to neatly trace across our lives. Follow him on Twitter @naibmian.
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I was leaving femininity behind, grateful to have an example like my grandpa to grow toward.
What was I getting out shame, anyway? So I walked away from it all: going to church, reading scripture, prayer, even the Christian music I loved so much.
Well, what does it mean to be a boy or a girl? The answer so often is, simply: I don’t know. And I’m not sure that it actually matters, anyway.